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Enjoy a comprehensive Tokyo one-day tour, covering its best gardens, temples, shopping areas and a Tokyo Bay cruise over the course of your 8.5-hour trip. Check out Meiji Temple, the city’s most famous Shinto site before visiting the Imperial Palace and Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist site, Asakusa Kannon Temple (Senso-ji). You’ll also get to do some shopping in Tokyo’s Nakamise and Ginza districts before enjoying a 50-minute cruise on Tokyo Bay. This Tokyo excursion also includes a guide, coach transport, pickup from select hotels, entrance fees and lunch.

Highlights

  • Full-day guided sightseeing tour of Tokyo's highlights
  • Visit important places of worship including Meiji Shinto Shrine and Asakusa Kannon Temple (Senso-ji)
  • Stroll the grounds of the Imperial Palace East Garden
  • Shop for souvenirs and snacks on Nakamise Shopping Street
  • Get great harbor views on a 1-hour boat cruise around Tokyo Bay
  • See hyper-modern shopping districts such as Ginza and Aqua City Odaiba
  • Includes pickup at selected hotels, lunch, entrance fees, transport by coach, and professional guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You won't believe how much you'll see in less than nine hours! Learn about Tokyo's history and culture on this tour that has plenty of shopping and photo opportunities.

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What You Can Expect

Panoramic Tokyo Day Tour - Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Temple and Tokyo Bay Cruise

Nakamise Shopping street

See the best of Tokyo in one day as you visit some of the city’s top shrines and shopping areas before taking a short cruise on Tokyo Bay. It’s a great way to get a quick taste for the unique blend of modern and ancient sites available in this fascinating city during a short visit.

Start your Tokyo excursion with a pickup from select hotels in the early morning, continuing on to the Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal to meet up with the group and begin your tour. Head by bus to the Meiji Shrine, an key Shinto religious site that was dedicated to the Imperial Family in 1926. Walk among the serene gardens that surround the shrine as you listen to more details about its importance from your guide.

Head back to your bus, driving past the Japanese House of Parliament as you continue on to the Imperial Palace East Garden. This idyllic outdoor space, home to a traditional Japanese garden, tea pavilion, stone walls and a moat, is situated within the complex of an Edo-era castle.

Continue on food to Nakamise Shopping Street, a brightly-colored thoroughfare of food vendors and souvenir stores that leads to Asakusa Kannon Temple (Senso-ji), one of Japan’s most important Buddhist sites. Stay with your guide as you check out the elaborate gardens, architecture and shrines that surround the site.

Leave Asakusa Kannon Temple, heading by bus for the neon-tinged streets of Tokyo’s Ginza district, a premier shopping destination of department stores and movie theaters. From there, proceed to a Western-style lunch overlooking Hamarikyu Garden, a seaside garden from the Edo period, at Pastel-Tei Restaurant.

When you complete your lunch, board a nearby boat for a 1-hour excursion on the city’s Tokyo Bay. From the boat’s vantage point, you’ll have excellent views of the Tokyo skyline, along with the nearby Rainbow Bridge. Finish your cruise and spend some time checking out the shopping at the waterfront Aqua City Odaiba complex. You’re likely to spot nearby architectural highlights like the Telecom Center, Tokyo Big Sight and TC Building while you shop.

End your tour at Tokyo station, where you make your own way back to your hotel.

Please note: On Mondays, Fridays and other instances when the Imperial Palace East Garden isn't open, you will explore the Imperial Palace Plaza as an alternative.

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Itinerary

Hotel Pickup Locations
Cerulean Tower Tokyu (Concierge desk) - 7:40 am
Metropolitan Tokyo (Ikebukuro - Bell desk) - 7:40 am
New Otani Tokyo(Main Bidg.- Bell desk) - 7:50 am
Hyatt Regency (Concierge desk) - 8:05 am
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (Front desk ) - 8:05 am
New Sanno (Lobby) - 8:05 am
Courtyard by Marriott Tokyo Ginza (Bell desk) - 8:15 am
Tokyo Station(Marunouchi South Exit - Outside of Tokyo Station - Hato Bus waiting room #7) - 8:15 am
ANA International Tokyo (2F Concierge desk) - 8:20 am
Tokyo Dome (Bell desk) - 8:20 am
Meeting Locations
Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (Front desk) - 8:05 am
Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal (World Trade Centre Building Annex,1st floor) - 8:40 am

Customer Reviews

Melanie P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a fantastic day tour that was action packed and interesting. The air conditioned coach was comfy and the guide was great! Highly recommend this tour!

Trevor J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great tour, great itinerary great guide, with good English and very polite.

Kim I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was fantastic! The visits were well timed, and I felt we had a great experience at each venue. This is a perfect way to start out a Tokyo vacation. The lunch we were provided was delicious, and our guide Keiko was excellent! I would suggest this tour to anyone wanting to get a taste of what Tokyo has to offer.

Roberto F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We took four Viatot tours in Japan, and this was the best guide we had Mrs. Junko Informative, kind and with an spectacular English. The tour itself was nice with good visit to Meiji Srhine and Asakusa Temple, and a enjoyable cruise by the Bay. We finished the day with a visit to Acqua city shopping. Really we had a good time.

drcharlenebell

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our guide was friendly and helpful. She was able give us a tour of Tokyo which helped us to understand this wonderful city. Tokyo is very large ands we could not have gone to all the highlights by ourselves or within a day. Arigato Haru San ! Aloha from Stewart and Charlene

CHRISTINE JOY M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent

Romeo E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This is a good tour that every tourists in Tokyo should take.

Tiffany T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

MINA was our tour guide and she was the BEST!!! She was very informative, very friendly and helpful and funny. She had a real connection with us and answered our questions. We learned about Japan and the wonderful people of this country. My elderly parents got lost during the tour because of the surge of crowds and she was very helpful finding a way to get them back to join our tour. This tour was so worth it, and was so much fun. Lunch was yummy, too. Keep up the good work!

CHRISTINE JOY M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very Nice Tour

Eve D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Very informative tour. Didn't really need the river cruise- kind of a waste of time.

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